Finding hope in an unexpected place
Have you ever been weary and discouraged?
Life can sometimes beat you down. Work. Relationships. Society. Family. Finances. Politics. Your own mistakes.
I've been there many times.
The pathway back to hope is different for everyone. Perhaps the circumstances shift. Or a problem resolves itself. But in many cases, optimism returns thanks to a word of inspiration or encouragement from another person.
I can think of dozens of times when it was someone facing homelessness who shared an inspiring or illuminating thought. It was their words, in conversation or in writing, that gave me the perspective nudge that I needed.
For publication in Speak Up, Tyrone wrote about the hardship of his life on the streets. He shared about sleeping under bridges and on park benches. He talked about hitting rock bottom, losing everything. At the time he had zero prospects.
And then he wrote: "I don't think it will last long."
When I saw that, I knew he was writing truth: it won't last long.
Let me pass that along for today. Right now things may be hard, disappointing, painful. But it won't be that way forever. It will probably get better sooner than you think.
If you are facing hardship right now, keep those words in mind.
It won't last long.
And in Tyrone's case, it didn't last long. He got off the streets, got his life back together. That season is now just a slice of his story.
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